About 64 percent of New Mexico’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, which is not statistically different from the rate for the nation as a whole. As one of the 24 states holding “Super Tuesday” presidential primaries or caucuses on Feb. 5, New Mexico has a large Hispanic or Latino population (44.0 percent) among its nearly 2 million residents. New Mexico is one of the top four states in the country in terms of people living below poverty level (18.5 percent), according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. New Mexico’s Republican primary is June 3.
These and other statistics about New Mexico’s population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov>. More information can be found at Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.
Highlights include the following:
|Selected Characteristics||New Mexico||U.S.|
|White alone, not Hispanic or Latino||42.8%||66.4%|
|Hispanic or Latino||44.0%||14.8%|
|Median household income||$40,629||$48,451|
|Persons below poverty||18.5%||13.3%|
|Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+)||25.3%||27.0%|
|Median home value||$141,200||$185,200|
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).